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“Back in My Day”

A chronological survey of the history of the orchestra and its music.

This program presents a 300-year history of the orchestra and western music, with pieces from the early 1700s (e.g. Handel’s Water Music) to popular film scores. Students will see and hear how the orchestra grew in size and sound, receive interesting facts about the composers and learn how their environment impacted their musical works. The finale to Haydn’s “Farewell” Symphony by candlelight, and the KSO debut of 14-year old cellist, Miriam K. Smith, performing the last movement of Dvorak’s Cello Concerto are some of the highlights from our historical time line that ends with John Williams main title to Star Wars.

A question & answer session followed the concert giving students and teachers the opportunity to ask questions of any musician or the conductor.  The KSO also took student/teacher questions in advance and via text from schools attending remotely.  There is no charge to access this program, but registration is required.  Special thanks to the Charles H. Dater Foundation and the Andrew Jergens Foundation for supporting the Education Series.

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~Program ~

Handel:  “Hornpipe” from Water Music (1717)
Haydn:   Finale to Symphony No. 45 (Farewell) (1772)
Beethoven:   Symphony No. 5 (Mvt I) (1808)
Wagner:   Prelude to Act III of Lohengrin  (1848)
Dvorak:   Cello Concerto (finale) (1894) w/ Miriam K. Smith, cello
Stravinsky:   Finale to the Firebird (1919)
Copland:   “Hoe-down” from Rodeo (1942)
Williams:   Theme from Star Wars (1977-2019)

Lesson plans and activities on many of the musical selections offered on this program are available at Classics for Kids, produced by WGUC.  (Links found by clicking on the composers name above).

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(Click to Download Program Booklet Here)

What teachers say —

  • “I loved the new venue!  The volunteers were friendly and helpful. The videography during the concert was wonderful and gave the students an up close look at the instruments.  Well done!” — Holly Trenkamp, Kelly Elementary
  • “This performance was well paced, interesting and educational.  The performance was outstanding. The candlelight selection; 7th grade violinist and movie/music overlay were captivating. It was so unique for a symphony concert.” — Debbie Schilling, Heritage Christian Academy
  • I love the video accompanying, scanning the instruments as being played.  This significantly enhanced the educational experience for my students.” — Amy DiChiara, home school
  • “The environment was intimate and it was great to see a young musician. The students could relate to that.” — Rebecca Klaber, Grandview Elementary
  • “The KSO always presents an engaging informative presentation that is wonderful to attend.  I always enjoy bringing my students and they love it too.” — Bonita Pack, John W. Reiley Elementary
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